Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

September 13, 2009

Spiderman attends a Saudi university

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , — Khaled A. @ 4:44 am

Spiderman designs to attend a Saudi university (KSU), enjoy the video:

Special thanks to Basem for posting a link to that video.

September 7, 2009

Saudi Telecom (STC) and Mobily ad wars

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 11:32 am

The eternal feud between the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily will never end apparently.

Starting this Ramadan Mobily has aired some ads showing their Mobily Broadband @ Home service. This ad shows a person installing a DSL land line, happily saying “they are finally installing the Internet”, he did not say “finally” but his expressions show that he is happy that he finally got his DSL Internet connection (from STC).

This second ad is about the wireless features of the modem, it reminds me of the good old days of dial up modems (oh wait, STC DSL still feels like a dial up modem sometimes). The third ad shows people screaming in frustration with their disconnected Internet connections (something I am sure everyone in Saudi Arabia has experienced).

So on September 6th, STC has aired a counter advertisement which ironically airs at the same time as Mobily ads:

The ad clearly copied how Mobily customer care desks looked like, the blue square logo on the modem and how the modem looked. The customers were trying to get a good signal by extending the modem out of the window. The guy using STC’s service said “they got screwed”.

I am no fan of Mobily; their billing system is inaccurate and they are ruining the iPhone 3G/3GS experience in Saudi Arabia (I got into the details at SaudiMac). STC isn’t any better; Mobily is truly the lesser evil of the two.

August 27, 2009

Hitler can’t get STC DSL (with English translation)

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , , , — Khaled A. @ 1:45 am

Even Hilter is angry at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and their crappy DSL service! He could only get 512kbps DSL to his house. Watch the video (Arabic subtitles):

Youtube video removed, it was posted here.

I understand his frustration with STC!

If anyone wants an English transcript I am willing to translate. Just ask. Special thanks to @yassoma from twitter for posting the link to the video.

I have translated it, here you go:

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August 18, 2009

Stuff Saudi People Like…

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 12:34 pm

I like this site, it is attempting to list stuff that the average Saudi person would like.

Many items on this list I do notice that a lot of Saudis like them but I don’t. For example Balot playing cards, Shishah/Shesha, obsessive online chatting, reckless car drifting (taf-heet), huge bug-eyed shades, Pepsi obsession and smoking cigarettes.

July 24, 2009

The recursion joke

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 1:39 am

This google search result is very funny if you ever programmed before. Hope you found it funny. You didn’t? You call yourself a geek?

Recursion is a computer science term means to repeat an activity, again and again. Without stopping or anything. Did you get it? Read more about recursion on Wikipedia.

July 18, 2009

Evian Roller Babies video

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 6:25 pm

Roller Babies is Evian water’s latest campaign advertising how “young” you feel with their water. It shows babies on roller skates, computer generated of course. Wall Street Journal said the video had over 5 million views in the first few days. Here is the video ad:

Here is the making of video:

June 27, 2009

Video: He’s Barack Obama

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 11:36 am

JibJab make the funniest videos. This is their latest video titled “He’s Barack Obama”, enjoy.

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June 16, 2009

Super Mario theme played on Oud

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , — Khaled A. @ 2:06 pm

Found this video of a guy playing the Super Mario theme using an Oud (lute). Posted on Mustada’s facebook page.

June 13, 2009

Muslim LOLcats

Filed under: General — Tags: — Khaled A. @ 12:04 pm

Found this on Saudi Jeans. If you are familiar with LOLcats then hopefully you will find “Muslim LOLcats” funny.

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These images were found at Mr Moo‘s blog.

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They are in separate posts: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7.

June 3, 2009

Germans try the Saudi Street Skate updated with English translation

Filed under: Videos — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 9:35 am

Updated with English translation! Do you remember the Saudi street skating video? Here it is to remind you:

It’s a video with a few Saudi kids hanging out from the doors of their car in a highway, making it look like they are “skating” at over 100kmph. A Germany show called Galileo which is apparently a German “mythbusters” tried to check if it’s true or fake.

Special thanks to Mark from Germany for translating! Read on for the video and translation:

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